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>> mitchell: tonight on day 48 of the oil spill, the latest containment cap is reported to be capturing thousands of barrels of oil. but the add admiral in charge says the end of the leak is still months away. >> the spill is holding everybody hostage, not only economically but physically. >> mitchell: i'm russ mitchell. also tonight deadly storms. tornadoes and severe thunderstormss carve a path of destruction through the midwest killing at least five people. primary battles, challengers and incumbents campaign down to the wire ahead of elections in a number of states on tuesday. and sole survivor, how singer sharon jones defied the critics and found success in her 50s. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news"
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with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: and good evening. there is good news and bad news from the gulf tonight on this day 48 of the gulf oil crisis. let's look at the latest. a new device to cap the oil appears to be partially working trapping more than 10,000 barrels of oil. b.p. chief executive tony hayward says he believes that new device will eventually capture the vast majority of the oil spewing from the well. but the u.s. government now says the battle to stop the leak will linger, quote, well into the fall. we have several reports this evening beginning with kelly cobiella, pensacola beach, florida, good evening. >> reporter: russ, good evening. it was groundhog day here along the gulf coast today with more of b.p. mess washing ashore and people here worried that louisiana's nightmare could one day be their own. those streaks on the water less than half a mile from the white sand of pensacola beach are oil shine. we spotted this a mile from the florida-alabama coast.
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more shine dotted with clumps of red tar riding the waves to shore. >> about three weeks ago i had to go 75 miles from pensacola to see as much oil as i saw today right on the coast. >> reporter: for the third day it washed up in the form of tar balls littering the water line. they've been spotted on beaches as far east as bay county florida. b.p. and government agencies tried to show they were acting fast. placing more than 600 workers on beach-cleaning duty from mississippi to panama city, florida, and sending 55 boats to skim the reddish oil just offshore. signs warned people to leave the cleanup to especially trained teams. george geriner scooped up the mess anyway. >> you want something done and done right you have to do it yourself. >> reporter: he filled two five-gallon buckets with tar but when he tried to hand them to a worker to dispose. >> he said that's not my job. so i got a little aggravated and i turned it the two five gallon buckets upside down and dumped them in the sand
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and said is it your job now. and he drove off. >> reporter: local officials are just as frustrated. >> i don't think they have adequate supervision out there. i don't think they have had adequate training. >> reporter: on florida beaches vacationers still played in the sun and sand. the tar isn't a health risk to them, state officials say, but it's toxic to the tourist industry. the crowds are a fraction of what they should be this time of year. jim wilson's skydiving business is in freefall. >> tourist season is over for us. i don't see how we can stay afloat. >> reporter: you don't see that changing? >> not with the beaches like they are. because the tourists aren't here. >> reporter: b.p. representative was in pensacola today. he said that 48 million dollars in claims have been paid out by the company so far to about 18,000 people. 37,000 have applied. russ. >> mitchell: kelly cobiella in pensacola beach, florida. as you can imagine it has been a tense day along the gulf coast. let's go west to mark strassman in grand isle,
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louisiana with the latest from there. good evening to you. >> reporter: good evening. today's headline seems to be good news. b.p. latest fix is working but people here have had it with b.p.'s history of false hope and failed fixes. they're skeptical and they're running out of patience. >> it's a crying shame. it's terrible. and the people need to see that. >> reporter: chris hernandez dive drives home a common gripe here. >> it's the whole coast of grand isle, seven and a half miles of beach. >> reporter: every day more oil hits this coastline, resentment deepens with amok. where is the sense of urgency, where is the cavalry. >> there is nobody here. there is not a cleanup crew here. >> reporter: cleanup crews are here, up and down grand isle beach. >> we're going to fill up the rest of our bags. >> reporter: 1100 people in all work on grand isle's cleanup but only 250 of them are in hazmat suits, shoveling oil off this seven mile beach, the so-called hot zone. >> the hot zone is where there is an oil impact.
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>> reporter: but cleanup coordinators say crews can work only 20 minutes of every hour. >> due to the heat and the humidity we have to give people a break. it is the number one safety issue when working in this environment. >> reporter: and an even harsher environment a mile under sea b.p. says its latest fix is working. its new containment cap over the broken well head is sucking more oil to a surface ship. 250,000 gallons on friday, 441,000 gallons or 10,000 barrels on saturday. but many scientists believe much more oil is still bleeding into the gulf every day. >> we have a further containment system to implement in the course of this coming week which will be in place by next weekend. >> reporter: but all that is too late to stop the millions of gallons already floating in the gulf. and in places like grand isle, places in the bull's-eye of the blob cleanup crews could work
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24/7 but the damage is already done. chris hernandez found another sad reminder of the oil's impact. >> oh, no, look at this, oh, gosh. oh, poor thing. hold on little bird, hold on. heartbreaking, man. you know this bird's survival rate, he is just a baby. >> reporter: and remember, that bird came from the main beach here where cleanup crews work every day. all this water can make it tough to get around here and the crews have yet to even set foot on many of the barrier islands around here where you will find most of the oiled pelicans and other wildlife. russ. >> mitchell: mark strassman in grand isle, louisiana, thank you very much. b.p. chief executive tony hayward said today will not step down over the oil spill and promised his company would return the gulf coast to quote, the position it was in before the spill. sheryl attkisson crunches the numbers to see just how well b.p. is doing thus far. >> reporter: the good news is that the government's oil flow estimates are correct,
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the containment would be capturing most of the oil gushing out. the bad news is, the government might not be correct. to see why it helps to know what the coast guard's thad allen said today about the size of the leak. >> 12 is the low, 19 by high. >> reporter: by that he means 12 to 19,000 barrels of oil a day coming from the well. b.p. says the cap caught and contained 10,500 barrels in a day, that would be up to 87% of the oil flow. so why does today's dramatic undersea video show so much still bushing out? two reasons, first scientific advisors say the government's 12 to 19,000 barrel a day estimate is wrong. that range is the minimum, not the maximum coming from the well. and there's another factor in play. the oil flow estimates were based on video taken before last week. now lots more oil i leaking out. that since b.p. cut off a kink in the pipe. picture a kinked hose. what you had then was
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restricted flow. with the kink cut off, there's unimpeded flow and nobody yet knows what that amounts to. allen says no matter how well the containment works, it won't solve the problem. >> this will only end when we intercept the well bore, pump mud down it to overcome the pressure of the oil coming up from the reservoir and put a cement plug in. but even after that there will be oil out there for months to come. this will be well into the fall. >> reporter: and that means billions more lost to b.p.. the company could be fined up to $4300 per barrel and may also have to pay the u.s. for all the lost royalty. >> mitchell: sheryl attkisson in washington, thank you. here is what is happening this sunday evening. at least five are dead after a string of storms this weekend in the midwest. bad weather destroyed buildings, ripped through farms and knocked out power in parts of illinois, ohio and michigan. elaine quijano has more. >> oh, that is not good. >> reporter: the killer storm swept across several states in the midwest. 48 tornadoes in all.
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one hit the town of milbury, ohio, near toledo, especially hard, authorities say a four-year-old boy and his mother were among those killed. the police station now lies in ruins. the twister destroyed lake high school in milbury where graduation ceremonys had been set to take place today. >> the fact that we were in that building and survived it was like, oh my god. >> reporter: in central illinois the storm system caused extensive damage to homes in the community of streator. >> we were in the closet and my husband come in and pulled the door and all of a sudden we heard this real whistle. >> reporter: in southeast, michigan, severe weather triggered an automatic shutdown of a nuclear power plant and damaged part of its roof and an exterior wall. about 15 miles to the west in done dee, michigan, 11 people were injured after high winds tore off parts of a roof at a water park. >> the main reason why we saw so many tornadoes
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yesterday is he had with that cool air and hot and moist conditions. the jet stream was the battleground. >> reporter: and severe weather could be in store for parts of the northeast where a number of cities remain under a tornado watch. >> mitchell: thank you so much. two new jersey men were arrested saturday at a new york airport as they tried to leave the u.s. to join al qaeda linked militants in somalia. the two are u.s. citizens. officials said they were not an immediate threat. and just ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news", b.p.'s pr offensive. is it information or spin. ÷ transform plain old ribs into these fall-off-the-bone honey bbq ribs. the secret's in the sauce, made with campbell's french onion soup.
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>> reporter: for nearly seven weeks b.p. has given america toxic waste. now in a new television commercial, ceo tony hayward is offering atonement. >> to those affected in your families, i'm deeply sorry. >> and i'm looking at the chairman of b.p.. >> reporter: not a few residents of the gulf think hayward's apology is just pollution by another name. >> if you care, stop the oil from coming into our estuary, if you care. i don't think you do care. i think you care about your image. you don't care about us. >> reporter: almost from the moment on april 20th that oil began fouling the gulf, b.p. seemed to view the disaster through rose-coloured glasses. the company's estimates of how much oil was spilling were consistently low, their vows to stop it aggressively optimistic. big mistake says consultant mike paul. >> don't say you have a solution today because you don't. don't say that you have people on the ground and they are feeling the same pain, because they're not. >> hour after hour, 24 hours a day, oil poured into the
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sea. yet day upon day b.p. seemed oblivious to the catastrophe it was causing. may 13th chairman tony hayward speaking to the guardian newspaper. the gulf of mexico is a very big ocean. the volume of oil and dispersant we're putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume. five days later, hayward again to britain sky news. i think the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to be very modest. and a week ago, this. >> there is no one who wants this thing over more than i do. you know, i would like my life back. >> reporter: crisis managers cringed when they heard that comment. >> i think it was beyond inconsiderate t was insensitive and certainly out of-- it showed that he was out of touch, or at least he is apparently out of touch with the situation by choosing words like that. >> reporter: hayward apologized but neither his apologies nor his commercials are winning hearts and minds on the gulf coast. stopping the oil is the only way to do that.
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>> mitchell: states across the country are holding primary elections this tuesday. tonight we're focusing on four which could offer clues about what could happen come november. in california in the republican primary for governor meg whitman former ebay ceo has spent millions building a commanding lead. her challenger steve poizner has tried to paint her as too liberal on immigration. also spending millions, carly feefiorina, former ceo of hewlett-packard now leading in 9 senate primary. her ad featuring demon sheep and an endorsement by sara palin gave her account a boost. blanche lincoln faces a challenge from the left, bill halter, labor has spent heavily to back him but former president clinton campaigned for lincoln. in nevada republicans will choose a challenger to try to unseat senate majority leadeer harry reid. sharron angle is a tea party favorite and in south carolina a republican
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primary for governor to replace mark sanford has gotten messy with allegations of adultry against one candidate, state representative nikki haley. to help us put the primaries and the rest of the week in focus we're joined by john dickerson, good evening. >> hello, russ hz when you look at these races which one do you think is the most important? >> we have to start with california. it is important because it is such an influential state and in those two races, we've got in the gubernatorial race if meg whitman wins her primary she will face jerry brown a long time democratic figure in that state. he has already held that job. then the senate race is also quite interesting, if carlee fiorina wins the republican primary she will face barbara boxer in what will be the largest and most high profile fight between two female candidates we've seen in american politics. >> mitchell: looking at these races which do you think would be the most interesting. >> arkansas is quite interesting. there is a family feud in the democratic party. unions and progressives f
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they can knock off blanche lincoln, the incum bebt democratic senator that is a warning to other democratic officials that if they don't listen to party activists they could face the same fate. in nevada the republican party is going through its own fight, internal fight and the tea party candidate or tea party favorite sharron and sell doing very well. this is in the race to run against democratic senate majority leader harry reid. democrats want to run against angle. they say she is too extreme and just doesn't have the organization for the fight. >> mitchell: let's move to south carolina. what is up with all these adultry issues down there, any answer to that? >> they just seem to come. this is already in this fight, already it was pretty bruising battle and in the last two weeks two men have come forward, one a bloger, one a lobbyist who say nikki haley the one female in the race say they had an affair with her. she has denied the charges. she said even if elected she would resign if they came forward with proof it is
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the gulf spill is a tragedy that never should have happened. i'm tony hayward. bp has taken full responsibility for cleaning up the spill in the gulf. we've helped organize the largest environmental response in this country's history. more than 2 million feet of boom, 30 planes, and over 1,300 boats are working to protect the shoreline. where oil reaches the shore, thousands of people are ready to clean it up. we will honor all legitimate claims, and our clean-up efforts will not come at any cost to taxpayers. to those affected and your families, i'm deeply sorry. the gulf is home for thousands of bp employees and we all feel the impact. to all the volunteers and for the strong support of the government,
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m the latest album by singer sharon yons is on the billboard chart its perhaps to the chagrin of a certain record company executive who told her 14e would never make it. that is tonight's sun cover. lessons learned the hard way by a woman whose success is long overdue. chances are you've never heard of sharon jones. but if you saw the oscar nominated hit movie "up in the air" ♪ from california ♪. >> mitchell: you've heard sharon jones. ♪ 100 days ♪ 100 nights ♪. >> mitchell: at age 54 after years of putting her dreams on hold, she's arrived. ♪ to stay away from you ♪.
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>> mitchell: with an international tour and appearances on late night tv coming up, and a new album. ♪ clouds of perfume ♪. >> mitchell: appropriately called "i learned the hard way" >> mitchell: what word was you use to describe yourself. >> endurance, i'll say that you have to have that endurance. ♪. >> i never played this before. >> mitchell: born in augusta, georgia, jones began singing in church. >> i started when the saints come marching in ♪ oh when the saints go marching in ♪ ♪. >> mitchell: her talent got the attention of a record company executive. but the meeting was a disaster. >> he told me you need to go, maybe lose some weight, and use some bleach because you don't have the look we are looking for. we want someone light skin. and he literally came out and said those things. i was too fat, too black,
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too short. >> mitchell: what did it mean for you to have this person get up in your face and tell you the things that he did. >> i mean i went home and i cried. >> mitchell: jones stopped singing for one and took odd jobs as a corrections officer, a dental assistant, and a security guard. but at age 40 she found her voice again. ♪ oh yes i did ♪. >> i don't believe he brought me this far to leave me. god gave me a gift. and one day people are going to accept me for my voice and don't look at the way i look. ♪ i had a man ♪. >> mitchell: her vintage sound caught the attention of music producer gabe roth. >> i was blown away. she has more energy than anybody i have ever met and more soulful and musical and expressive. ♪ oh mama, mama ♪. >> mitchell: in a little studio in brooklyn sharon jones and her band, the dap
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kings have been crank out retro soul albums for the past 14 years. old school vin il as well as cds, all recorded on analog equipment. ♪ like shoot and arrow ♪. >> mitchell: these days sharon jones is embracing the limelight after years out in the cold. if that guy who years ago told you you weren't going to make it for the reasons he said is watching this right now, anything you want to say to him? >> i made it. you was wrong. ♪ look at me now ♪ i got a new walk ♪ better things to do (cheers and applause) >> mitchell: she is incredible. and that is the "cbs evening news." i'm russ mitchell. kateie's here tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.
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